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Jakobi Meyers Standing Out at Patriots Training Camp

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NC State fans know how special Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers is, but 32 NFL teams didn’t, letting him go undrafted this summer.

Meyers earned 1st team All-ACC honors last year, crossed the 1,000 yard barrier, and broke NC State’s single season recored for receptions in a season (92).

The Patriots were smart enough to sign Meyers as an undrafted free agent, but his roster spot isn’t guaranteed.

New England has continually showed the ability to find game changing wide receivers in the undrafted free agent market. Meyers looks to be the next in line.

Heading into yesterday’s practice, Tom Brady had connected with Meyers more than any other receiver through 8 practices.

Meyers has even been working with the 1’s.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick likes what he sees in Meyers.

“Well, he’s a smart kid, and he understands (the offense) and has versatility,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Thursday morning. “Like any rookie, any young player, there’s a lot of things he needs to work on technique-wise — recognition, route adjustments — just a lot of fine points. He basically knows what to do, but there are a lot of subtleties and nuances that all receivers need to pick up — certainly in our offense — and he’s doing that.

“There’s more than we’ve had to get down, but he’s making progress there. Whether that comes from his quarterback background, or his experience, or his intelligence, or his learning, I’m not really sure. But that’s not really an issue. He’s a smart kid, and he learns well.” (NESN)

Meyers came to New England looking for a challenge.

“It’s definitely hard, but that’s why I kind of chose to sign here,” Meyers told reporters last weekend, via Patriots.com. “I wanted the challenge. I wanted to embrace it and just see. If you can make it here, I feel like you can make it anywhere. I’m just trying to soak it up every day.”

“You’ve just got to earn everything,” added Meyers. “Everything is worked for, nothing is given. And then there’s a lot of great guys out here, so if you don’t catch up fast – and I mean fast – you will get left behind.” (Forbes)

 

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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Former NC State All-ACC RB Nyheim Hines to be Released by the Bills

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Former NC State All-ACC Running Back Nyheim Hines is going to be released by the Buffalo Bills.

Hines was under contract for one more season in Buffalo, but it wasn’t guaranteed. He was set to make $4.06 million this season with the Bills.

Hines will always be remembered by the Bills Mafia for returning a kickoff for a touchdown, in the first play in the game after Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest in the game before.

Hines missed the entire 2023 season due to suffering a Torn ACL in a boating accident in the offseason, but he is expected to be ready by Training Camp.

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The Denver Broncos Are Releasing Russell Wilson

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Everyone saw this coming, but the Denver Broncos officially announced they will be releasing former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson on March 13th.

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Wilson had this to say to Broncos Nation.

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The Broncos didn’t want to continue with Wilson as their starting Quarterback, no matter how much it cost. Denver will take on $85 million in Dead Cap, which is an NFL record. In fact, it’s more than the prior two Dead Cap records combined.

Largest dead cap hits in NFL history:
Russell Wilson ($85M)
Matt Ryan ($40.53M)
Aaron Rodgers ($40.31M)
Carson Wentz ($33.8M)
Russell Wilson, again ($26M)

By releasing him now, they are saving themselves from paying Wilson an additional $37 million in guaranteed money.

Where will Wilson play next season? According to Vegas, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the odds on favorite to acquire Wilson’s services.

The thought by many, is that Wilson is expected to sign for the league minimum, which is $1.21 million, because the Broncos will still be paying him his 2024 salary.

It will be interesting to say the least to see how this unfolds.

 

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Dylan McMahon Represented NC State on the NFL Combine Yesterday

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NC State Center Dylan McMahon will be showing off his athletic ability later today (1pm) at the NFL Combine, but yesterday he took to the podium. Check out some of what he had to say.

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Former NC State WR Jerricho Cotchery Named Head Coach at Limestone University

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Former All-ACC NC State Wide Receiver Jerricho Cotchery has been named the Head Coach at Limestone University.

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Cotchery has spent the past 2 seasons as the Wide Receivers Coach and Assistant Head Coach at Limestone, helping lead them to a 16-8 record over that span. Limestone’s conference record the past two years was 15-3, finishing as co-champs of the Piedmont Division of South Atlantic Conference both years.

After playing 12 years in the NFL, Cotchery served as the Carolina Panthers Assistant Wide Receivers Coach from 2017-19.

Cotchery ranks 2nd all-time at NC State in receiving yards, trailing only Torry Holt. He also ranks 4th in receptions.

Congrats Jerricho!

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